Holy Trinity's Chris Lambrou looks forward to big season
From the first hole he ever played, Chris Lambrou has excelled on the golf course.
The Holy Trinity senior has qualified for the last three state tournaments, finished second at last year's CHSAA individual championships and racked up multiple wins on the amateur circuit.
His first taste of success though, came much earlier, as Lambrou says his father first "got me on the golf course when I was 6."
"I birdied the first hole." It's a score his father Nick attests to.
Nick, now the girls golf coach at Holy Trinity, recalls that day at Lido Golf Club and says he could not help but think his son had a bright future in the game. "You're thinking maybe he can do something special."
The following years have indeed been special, with Lambrou establishing himself as one of Long Island's top golfers and Holy Trinity's team leader.
"He's a natural, raw talent," Titans coach Al Welz said. Welz said the long game is Lambrou's strength, but adds he is also a "good putter and has good touch around the green."
Lambrou showcased these skills last October to win the most recent amateur event he played in, the Metropolitan PGA Future Series at South Bay Country Club in Oceanside.
Earlier that month, he finished ninth out of 96 golfers in the Northeast Junior Classic at the Bethpage Blue and Red courses.
While Lambrou is accustomed to success, he also has proved to be resilient in the face of adversity, and that was on display at last year's CHSAA championship at Eisenhower Red in East Meadow.
With a championship in sight, Lambrou triple-bogeyed the par-5 12th hole. Facing disaster, Lambrou adopted his usual approach after a rare bad hole.
"I usually just put it aside and say 'there's still golf to play' and 'you're not out of this.' " The approach worked, as Lambrou was 1-under par for the remaining holes, forcing a playoff.
Lambrou lost to St. John the Baptist's Mark Reilly, but says he has dedicated himself to finishing the job at the league tournament this year.
"Throughout the whole season, that's what I'm focused on," he said.
If Lambrou can do so, he will have yet another success story to tell.